Get Real With God

Get Real With God

Hebrews 5:7 NLT “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.”

Are you too proud to cry to God? To pray to Him with tears? I hope the answer is, “No.” Jesus wasn’t. And scripture says that God heard Him because of His deep heartfelt prayers and reverence for God. He’ll hear us too.

God works miracles in the most mysterious ways. When we rely on Him anything can happen:

Matthew 7:7‭-‬11 ESV “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

DON’T GET IT TWISTED

Someone will say, “Wow, so all I have to do is ask God for a million dollars and I’ll have it?” And I’ll say, “If that’s His will for you. But if it’s not His will you can ask for the million all you want He won’t give it to you. Be careful. Satan may see how bad you want that million dollars and He’ll give it to you. He can even trick you into thinking it’s God who is giving you the money. How will you know if it is from the Devil? When it’s from Satan you will always have to do something really sick (wicked) or dishonest in order to get it and keep it.” Why would I answer someone this way? Because of these next passages:

1 John 5:14‭-‬15 ESV “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

And this next passage proves the Devil gives people stuff too:

Matthew 4:8‭-‬10 ESV “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”

REAL EXPECTATIONS

Let’s examine Hebrews 5:7 again: “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.” (NLT)

Jesus prayed to God with pleadings and tears. Do people pray that way because everything is going and feels so lovely? Hebrews 5:7 also says Jesus prayed to the one who could rescue Him from death. But did that mean Jesus would not suffer death? Did not Jesus suffer a gruesome death? But God did hear Him and rescue Him from death because Jesus was raised to life on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God in eternal glory! But was it not God’s will also that Jesus should suffer death for the sins of the world? (John 3:16) Are we understanding from examining the scriptures that though God answers our prayers this doesn’t mean that we will be exempt from all suffering? And that God answers our prayers in ways we will not always understand or expect?

Yes, God does answer our prayers guys, but in harmony with His will. And he will rescue and deliver us. But we will have to go through some things as well.

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